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So you have read the basic guides to creating Magento templates, and have played around a bit with the layout xml files, and possibly even tried some local.xml modifications to switch things on and off.
Now you want to understand what is in the template blocks of
.phtml files, or even begin creating your own blocks, containing various bits of Magento content. But what is available?
In order to trial the 'new' features of Actinic 11, I decided to set up a development site in WAMP1) server on Windows Vista, which I'll document here for anyone else looking to do something similar. The information is already 'out there' on the web, but I'll collate it here for ease of use. This is assuming you want to run a local copy to test Actinic; you can of course opt to go with the free Actinic hosting to save performing these steps. Another alternative is to use one of the many free web hosting servers currently available accross the web (eg. byethost.com, webfreehosting.net, etc.)